If you frequent the downtown area you will encounter many people trying to hustle money or your signature for a cause. I bet only tourists actually stop and engage with them.I was sitting on the steps of Starbuck's coffee when I snagged this sketch across the street.
Another addition to my "counter top" series. Daffodils painted from life in oil on Arches paper.
I love what we call gloomy days. They inspire me because one reflects a lot more. My friend Kim Bloom took this photo on one of her trips. Its always fun to paint from a different perspective. This painting was done on Pastel Premier paper. I bought it from my friend Lisa Wright who manages Asel Art here in Austin. I love buying as local as I can and Asel Art supports the local art community.
I started with a watercolor underpainting and proceeded to layer on pastels. This surface, in my opinion, does not take many layers. I would suggest treating it like Canson paper. I liked working with it.
When I painted this still life the petals were ready to drop. The flowers were on their last few days. I like the colors and the shapes in this stage. Of course I worked from life and once the flowers were done I added some color and played with the shapes. When I looked at the image on the screen I saw a lady sitting at a table with flowers. Tell me what the background reveals for you.
When you let tulips sit for a while they move as if to their own different beat. When I saw this image on screen my first thought was that these blooms were dancing to a beat of their own. I used felt paper because I had it lying around and decided to give it a go.